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The Homes of Orchids and Dwarfed Pines


Trinidad is the native home of orchids. These beautiful but delicate flowers are reared best in tropical climates, and the year-round warmth of Trinidad is ideal for them. Orchid-raising is one of the chief occupations of the island; and the United States is their largest customer

Far back in the twelfth century, one of the great Japanese heroes slew his best friend in a quarrel." In repentance, he became a monk. Down through generations, the caretakers of his temple, skilled in tree-shaping and pruning grew this remarkable tree-ship in his memory

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